India consolidated its position in second place after their convincing win over Bangladesh in the World Cup 2019 match at Edgbaston on Tuesday.
India on Tuesday became the second team after Australia to reach the World Cup 2019 semi-finals (AP Photo)
- The race to reach the semis is still on between New Zealand, England and Pakistan
- World Cup 2019 campaign’s of Sri Lanka, West Indies, Bangladesh, South Africa and Afghanistan have ended
- England will face New Zealand on Wednesday and a win for either team will see them go through to the last four
Bangladesh became the second team after the West Indies to get knocked out of the World Cup 2019 after losing against India on Tuesday with the two-time champions sealing their spot in the semi-finals with their sixth victory out of 8 games.
India rode on vice-captain Rohit Sharma (104) and fellow opener KL Rahul’s (77) outstanding knocks to post a formidable 314 on the board and then relied on Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya’s bowling to bundle the opposition out for 286 in 48 overs to win by 28 runs at the Edgbaston cricket ground.
Bumrah finished with 4 wickets while Pandya grabbed 3 as India became the second team after Australia to reach the last-four of the tournament.
Incidentally, it’s also the 7th time in 12 editions of the World Cup that India have reached the semis – 1983, 1987, 1996, 2003, 2011, 2015 being the other instances. Notably India have prevailed in 3 out of the 7 semi-final appearances while going on to win the title twice.
All the teams have now played 8 games each with Australia leading the table with 14 points followed by India (13), New Zealand (11) and England (10) in the first-four spots.
The race to reach the semis is still on between New Zealand, England and Pakistan. The campaigns of Sri Lanka, West Indies, Bangladesh, South Africa and Afghanistan have ended with one final game remaining for each team.
This is how the points table looks like now after 40 matches in the tournament.
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Hosts England will face New Zealand in a virtual winner-takes-all encounter in Durham on Wednesday. England will secure a spot in the semifinals if they beat New Zealand in the northeast town of Chester-le-Street, ending a group-stage campaign in which the World Cup hosts found itself in a perilous position.
A defeat however, would leave the English at the mercy of Pakistan, which would then guarantee a playoff spot with a win over Bangladesh at Lord’s on Friday.
New Zealand meanwhile, are on track to reach the last four once again this year after reaching the final of the World Cup in 2015.
A win against England seals a semi-final berth, while avoiding a big defeat should also mean fifth-placed Pakistan cannot overhaul the Black Caps. Pakistan is two points behind New Zealand going into the final group matches but has a much inferior net run-rate.